Matching weapons and bullets, tracing their origins to Belize are all pieces of the puzzle that investigators face when dealing with shooting incidents. Many times the gun histories and their owners remain unknown but one northern neighboring country is hoping it can help our security forces become more efficient. On Tuesday, officials from the governments of México and Belize inaugurated a training course on forensic ballistics to members of the Belize Police Department and Forensic Service by a specialist from the Mexican Federal Attorney General’s Office. The Press Officer for the Embassy of México explained more.
Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Embassy of México
“Mexico is providing for the first time in 2011 the training course on ballistics for members of the police department and the forensics of Belize. This is part of a bi-national program of technical cooperation between Mexico and Belize. And this is the first of four courses that México is going to be providing to Belize. The aim of this course is to provide members of the police department with the necessary skills and knowledge about ballistics, specifically about ammunition, identifying firearms and doing microscope analysis and specialized ballistic analyst systems.”
The officers, they will be going to México for this program?”
“In this case, we have an instructor from Mexico who has come to Belize. He is going to conduct this one week intensive course here for more than forty members of the Belize police department and the forensic laboratory. Mexico is contributing to Belize in its efforts to combat crime. And we expect that this course is going to provide police officers with enough skills in order to present adequate evidence before the courts in terms of ballistics and in order to reinforce the polices of the government of Belize and also to increase the level of the number of convictions before the court.”
The training, which concludes on May thirteenth, is being conducted at the Police Academy in Belmopan City.